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Will the Prince George's County sherriff whose men were involved in a controversial 2008 drug raid have to contend with political fallout from it during his run for county executive? Post columnist Robert McCartney shared his thoughts today:

Don't be surprised, though, if Jackson suffers only modest political damage from the dog-shooting incident. In a crowded Democratic primary in September, he'll be targeting voters who welcome a tough law-and-order candidate. Some are police or other public safety officers who know from experience that executing search warrants is a messy, risky business.
Jackson, who is black, also might benefit from racial sympathies of African Americans who think the Berwyn Heights raid got undue attention because a white family was affected, according to veteran county politicians of both races. He has never counted on support from liberal, largely white communities that have displayed the most outrage over the dogs.
Regardless of how it plays politically, the case remains interesting because Jackson might actually believe his officers behaved properly -- in the sense that they acted as they typically do. That is plausible and scary.

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McCartney discussed this issue on NewsChannel 8 today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 19, 2009; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  From the Post , Pr. George's  
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